Tiger Swimming & Diving Team Preview 2016
The Tiger Swimming & Diving Team will begin their season tonight in a dual meet against Collegiate. The Tigers, as always, look poised to continue their dynasty among the state and national ranks this year. After winning a record 28th consecutive state title last year, the Tigers have the opportunity to tie the national record of 29 consecutive state titles (set by Honolulu Punahou from 1958-86) this upcoming season.
Swimmers to Watch
Keefer Barnum – Barnum, a recent University of Virginia commit, has long been a force in Kentucky and looks to finish his senior season strong. Last year, Barnum broke two state records, one as a member of the 200 yard medley relay team and another in the 100 yard breaststroke. He will be looking to three-peat in the 100 yard breaststroke. Barnum also placed 5th last year in the 200 IM.
Martin Nitzken – Fellow senior and captain Martin Nitzken has contributed to the state team since his sophomore year, and his role has only grown as his senior season approaches. Nitzken was also a member of the record breaking 200 yard medley team. In the individual events, he placed 12th in the 200 IM and 6th in the 100 yard backstroke, respectively. He has a lot of opportunity and could easily slide into the top five of both events this year.
Aldan Johnston – Junior Aldan Johnston joined Keefer Barnum as a member of the all-state team last year as a sophomore. Johnston finished second in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while also contributing as a member to the runner-up 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Blake Ansert – While he is not a swimmer, senior captain Blake Ansert can make his presence felt as a diver. Last year, Michael Miller won the 1 meter diving competition after being seeded fourth going into the state meet. Ansert has the opportunity to make just as much as a wave this year, but it will prove to be slightly more difficult as he would be seeded 9th based on returning competitors from the state meet.
The Tigers don’t look like they will be letting their reign of terror over the state of Kentucky go anytime soon, especially heading into a year where they can tie the national record for consecutive titles. Good luck to the team this year!